WAMODERN Kimono Exhibition at J-COLLABO



Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 19

  • Monday through Thursday: by appointment only
    (email jplusbcafe@gmail.com)
  • Friday through Sunday: Noon until 6:00 p.m.

Opening party: Sunday, December 5 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

J-COLLABO – 300 7th Street, Brooklyn

Admission: Free


WAMODERN Facebook Event Page

The dyeing and weaving techniques and designs of Kyoto’s kimono have been handed down from generation to generation for more than on thousand years. The exhibition WAMODERN aims to bring kimono, a sustainable garment system unparalleled in the world, to the global fashion scene.

Since taking on the challenge of New York Fashion Week five years ago, Kimono Artisan Kyoto has presented their traditional techniques to different audiences all over the world. Based on this experience, they hope to expand into new markets, using their traditional techniques in collaboration with artists in the New York area and around the world. Having their work recognized in New York City, which is known for its art and fashion scene, is a monumental achievement for Kimono Artisan Kyoto.

About the Event

Through this exhibition, Kimono Artisan Kyoto would like people in the New York area to see and feel the designs and sensitivities that have been expressed in the form of kimono for a long time, as well as the techniques and expressions used to achieve them. Kimono Artisan Kyoto encourages the exhibition viewers to share their opinions and critiques with them, so that their value system can evolve further, keeping in mind their native Japanese worldview while also incorporating new elements such as sustainable development goals.

Photo courtesy Takeshi Ikezawa

Ko Ishizaki, the director of this exhibition, will travel from Kyoto for the opening party on Sunday, December 5.  He would love to meet as many people interested in kimono as possible, as he is looking for new input from outside of Japan. Kimono Artisan Kyoto’s mission with this Brooklyn exhibition is to find partners or artists to collaborate with in the future. They are open to collaborating with artists/designers of various media from textile designers to film makers and everything in between.

Kimono Artisan Kyoto is a determined association of textile artisans who use age-old techniques such as Kyo-Yuzen, Surigata-Yuzen, Kyo-Shu, Kyo-Kanoko Shibori, and Nishijin-ori to make kimono, the traditional dress of Japan. As bearers of a world-renowned cultural industry, they hope to create a “kimono lifestyle” where everyone has their own unique piece to enjoy in their daily lives. In the old capital of Kyoto, they have tied together an association of talented and professional artisans for “kimono-making” to keep this beautiful and practical art form alive for generations to come.

Photo courtesy Takeshi Ikezawa

Health and Safety Protocols

All guests must wear face coverings and practice social distancing.